“A Jewish state must be absolutely faithful to the Land of Israel -- the Land that was promised in its Biblical borders to the Fathers of the Nation by the Creator of the world -- and includes the understanding of the positive connection between the Land and the ability of the Nation of Israel to fulfill its earthly goals”.
What does this mean to us? To me, this means that Israel stands where Israel is. We will not move away. We will not abandon our homeland. We will not abandon our “moledet”. And – ERETZ YISRAEL IS OUR MOLEDET. Not Uganda. Not South America. Not somewhere in the middle of the Sudan, as others have suggested, but להיות עם חפשי בארצינו, ארץ ציון ירושלים. To be a FREE PEOPLE in OUR LAND, the land of Israel.
Chaverai—These words are not the problem. That the President never said these words, or that they somehow managed to magically disappear from his speech are not the problem. The problem is, yedidai—The problem is, my friends, that these words were advertised to be addressed TO the Moslem World, FROM the President of the United States, and they were not.
They certainly were NOT at the 6 minute mark, nor at the 16 minute mark; nor at the 20 minutes mark. At the 24 minute mark, he gives us credit for a little under a minute. He mentions that we have suffered as a people. That we survived the Shoah. That we have been persecuted. And? IMMEDIATELY he switches sides and for the next seven minutes, talks about how the "Palestinians" are mistreated, persecuted, their land taken, and finally, how a State of their own is an absolute necessity.
Maybe it is. Maybe it is a necessity. Is it? I don’t know, really. The Arab residents of the region were handed land by the English in 1919. It was called TransJordan. A piece of land four times the size of the land offered us by the King’s throne. In 1922, the British reestablished borders and they received more land. In 1948, upon our Declaration of Independence they received yet more land. And continued to attack us in both organized military exercises in 1956 across the Suez; in forcing us to cause a pre-emptive attack in 1967, where, by the grace of G-d, their campaign was stopped in its tracks and we gained land in the Sinai, Gaza, Yehuda and The Shomron (Judah and Samaria) and the Golan Heights, vital to our survival as under our control, terrorists and snipers are unable to sit on a hill and fire bullets into our school yards and Kibbutzim.
In 1973, while we davened in Betei Knesset—While some of you sat in the EXACT spot where you now sit, we were brutally attacked as we prayed in silence and asked G-d שמע קןלנו. Hear our Voices. Please.
"A Jewish state must be absolutely faithful to the Land of Israel -- the Land that was promised in its Biblical borders to the Fathers of the Nation by the Creator of the world -- and includes the understanding of the positive connection between the Land and the ability of the Nation of Israel to fulfill its earthly goals -. "
This, chaverai. This is vital that we understand: Israel was not granted the opportunity to declare independence because of the Shoah; This was NOT our reconciliation gift – This land – OUR land, was promised in its Biblical borders to the Fathers of the Nation by the Creator of the world. Period. And now, now the responsibility is upon US to keep our land as להיות עם חפשי בארצינו. As a FREE PEOPLE IN OUR LAND, for HAD ISRAEL BEEN ESTABLISHED PRIOR TO THE SHOAH, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO SHOAH. There would have been no Shoah. There would have been no Holocaust.
Let us close our eyes for but a moment; and imagine a world in which six million lives had been permitted to carry on. A world in which six million people would have married, and reproduced, nurtured maybe, another three million children, who would have married and brought to the world another… How many? In Poland alone, we now number LESS than 25,000. In Lithuania, there are less than 4,000 Jews left.
In Eretz Yisrael, we number 5,593,000. And we are still too few.
A few weeks ago, the Shabbat following Yom HaAtzmaut, we discussed our hope. תקותינו. We discussed how after all of these years we have yet to lose our hope. And now I ask you… I ask you to be absolutely faithful. We must be absolutely faithful to the Land of Israel; We must be absolutely faithful to G-d, and in turn, we must be absolutely faithful to our families and loved ones, our Synagogues, Churches or any place where we find ease in addressing and performing our service of belief. Most of all, we must be. We need to be, we strive to be and we absolutely MUST BE faithful to our faith.